Approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the curriculum for the Bachelor’s in Chemistry degree focuses on the properties, composition, and reactions of disparate substances across organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical areas. Within this general framework, applied instruction gives context to what you’ve just learned in the classroom.
All students begin their journey with Basic Skills and General Education requirements. As a student striving to earn a BS in Chemistry, you’re advised to allot a potion of these credits toward courses in mathematics, physics, and introductory chemistry.
From here, you’ll complete 43 credits as part of your major. In committing to this path, you’ll start to expand your mindset and prepare for more advanced coursework with an understanding of general chemical properties, principles, and relevant applications. This baseline leads you toward organic chemistry, including covalent bonds, reactions, mechanisms, and the stereochemistry of organic compounds.
Continuing through chemistry’s key disciplines, you’ll explore topics in analytical chemistry, such as theories and applications of titrimetric, gravimetric, potentiometric, spectrophotometric, and chromatographic methods and the design and application of instrumental methods used for chemical analysis. Courses in physical chemistry offer greater insight into classical and statistical thermodynamics, the properties of gases and solutions, quantum mechanics, and chemical equilibrium. Electives then lead you to learn more about inorganic and biochemistry.
To refine your knowledge, you have the option of selecting an environmental emphasis for your degree. These courses introduce air, water, and soil collection, touch on the transport phenomenon, and cover sample collection, preparation, and analysis and reporting methods.
In total, you’ll earn a minimum of 124 credits. All students opting to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree are further required to complete a second major or minor.